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  •  We cleaned house on amendments in Florida (3+ / 0-)
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    sapelcovits, JGibson, MichaelNY

    Every single right-wing amendment not only failed to meet the 60% barrier, they all lost by a majority vote.

    The amendment that attacks Obamacare failed with 51% against.

    The amendment to ban all state funds on abortion (thinly veiled attack on Planned Parenthood) failed with 45 in favor, 55 opposed.

    The amendment that would gut state tax collecting failed with nearly 60% opposed.

    Also all 3 Dems on the Supreme Court were easily retained.

    I think the biggest problem the GOP made here was the length of these ballot initiatives.  Some were about 2 paragraphs long.  People tend to vote No with very long and confusing amendments.

    •  Excellent (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      Same thing happened here in Michigan.  The "vote no on everything" crowd had a really easy case given the 5 proposals and 1 referendum.  All failed.  Unfortunately, that also killed the three proposals that were Dem/liberal proposals.  

      The only silver lining was the collective bargaining initiative failed by the second least among the six.  The one that got the biggest smackdown was the 2/3 majority for tax increase proposals, which everyone thought would pass easily when it first got on the ballot.  It was the most draconian.  I believe it crashed and burned with 68 against, 32 for.  This proposal and the proposal that would have made all new Michigan bridge and tunnel construction win voter approal were funded by a cartoonishly evil local billionaire who spent millions and lost.

    •  Will this stop them from putting so many (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      amendments on the ballot next time? :]

      "The election of Mitt Romney and a supporting congress this November would be a...disaster for America. Think of the trainwreck that has been the Conservative government in Britain since 2010. And square it."--Brad DeLong

      by bjssp on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:30:04 AM PST

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